This video is about putting pressure on Iran’s current government to stop persecuting its Baha’i citizens. Originally shared in Education is Not a Crime Facebook Page.
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In this video a few of my friends and I got together and planned a “Social Experiment” that emulated what the Baha’is are going through in Iran. The Denial of Access to Higher Education is a criminal act of disgrace by the Iranian government. Please SHARE this video to raise awareness and bring an end to Iran’s heinous acts of cruelty to the Baha’is, the largest religious minority in Iran!
US-Iran exchange applicants rejected at UC Berkeley – or were they?
Hundreds of UC Berkeley students took part in a social experiment – without knowing it – as part of an awareness-raising campaign for the denial of higher education to tens of thousands of young Baha’is in Iran. The Baha’is are Iran’s largest religious minority and are persecuted by the government for their beliefs. Baha’is believe in gender equality, peaceful non-violence, and education for all.
A team of Berkeley students and alumni staged a campus pop-up advertising an exchange program for students and professors with universities in Iran. People who signed up were offered free cupcakes and asked to fill out a simple form with just three questions.
Do you believe in the equality of men and women?
Do you believe in world peace?
Do you believe in universal education?
People who said yes to these questions were in for a surprise.
The social experiment was designed to help students on the Berkeley campus – one of the world’s most prestigious universities – feel for a few seconds what Iranian Baha’is have been feeling for almost 40 years.
Young Baha’is are barred from teaching and studying at Iranian universities. But education can never be a crime.
Link for Baha’u’llah’s Book and the chapter I referred to in the video
Song from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y98H7xPlbsQ&index=2&list=RDNO8OHHxIyZA
Education is Not a Crime presents Saeid Shanbehzadeh to perform in support of bringing an end to Iranian government bothering young, creative, and open-minded students, to finally allow education to really be open to all people within Iran’s borders. Iran has been persecuting Baha’is for over 200 years and the current Iranian regime doesn’t see Baha’is as human beings that deserve the basic human rights the rest of the people have. The Baha’i Faith is a religion that seeks to unify all mankind in one universal cause, one common Faith, and the teachings of the Baha’i Faith mention that all major religions of the world are one and the same, that their differences arise only due to the varying needs of the time in which they appear, to elevate the conditions of the world. But, the spiritual teachings remain constant regardless of time. The main reason why there is so much difference is due to the misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the Divine Texts, and also due to people following in the footsteps of their forefathers, and tradition rather than investigating the truth of religious teachings and their main purpose.
Humanity should never experience problems such as the denial of access to education, this is the most basic human rights we all deserve regardless of what one confesses to believe or what religion one decides to follow.
Please, whoever reads this and watches the video, do what you can to bring an end to how the government of Iran is treating its minorities by sharing this video, talking about this subject to your friends, family, and peers.
You may find the links below helpful for more information about the #EducationIsNotACrime & #NotACrime:
Maziar Bahari Founder of Education is Not a Crime Campaign:
Maziar Bahari was also the journalist who was arrested for smuggling photos of the riots that broke out in Iran in 2009, to BBC. Read for bit more detail below:
“In June 2009, BBC journalist Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-born Canadian citizen, returned to his native country to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, the prime challenger to incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. When Moussavi’s supporters protested Ahmadinejad’s declaration of victory, Bahari smuggled footage of the riots to the BBC. He was soon arrested by the Revolutionary Guard and — led by a man known only as “Rosewater” — was interrogated and tortured for 118 days.” (Introduction to the “Rosewater” 2014 movie, directed by Jon Stewart).
“Education is not a crime”, which tries to get education recognized for some of the most determined students there is! Universal education is a vital factor for the full participation of individuals in every society.
Laura is a political speechwriter and motivational speaker. Originally from Scotland, Laura works in Brussels. She was recognized for her work on female leadership by U.S. President Barack Obama last year and believes universal education is a vital prerequisite for full participation in every society.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
The song “Education is Not a Crime” was inspired by the #EducationisNotaCrime campaign, which aims to highlight educational discrimination in Iran, most frequently aimed at the members of the Baha’i Faith, and inspire individuals to take action.
The song was written by Phoenix Hip-Hop artist Colby Jeffers, features Cameroonian singer Lucy Brand, and was produced by Cameroonian music producer D-Grey.